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>> congratulations. [applause] >> i present to you the chief of police of the city and county of san francisco, chief gregory suhr. [applause] >> wow! i can't begin to thank mayor lee enough for -- i'm speechless. i owe him everything. this is the biggest honor -- it is unbelievable. thank you. [applause]
>> i wrote down that i gratefully accept this appointment but i already did that. so, i would also like to thank the members of the police commission. i think several of them are here. an unbelievable group of people that put more time, effort and thoughtfulness into their approach to this process and for recommending me as someone with the qualities necessary to lead this great department. choked up. i look forward to working with those assembled and the city family and most importantly the communities that i have always loved working with over my 30 years. i'm a fourth generation bourn and raised san franciscan so i'm a local hire. and i love this city. i grew up on a block where cops lived. i trick or treated at their
houses. my best friend's father started the canine unit. i played police cops. when people ask me about community policing i tell them that i know other way to be. i was raised on it. i spent the last 30 years of my life working side by side with the community and incredible men and women of this police department are the pwbest department in the country to keep this city safe and i'm committed to do so as chief of police. being a police officer is a calling and something to be valued. i have the utmost respect for the officers who put their lives on the lean to -- line to keep the people safe and i'm proud to call myself one of them. i want to thank those who have played a significant role in my life and helped lead me to this
moment. both inside and outside the department. they molded me into the kind of officer, public servant and person i'm proud to be today. durke -- during my 30 carries i have served in almost every capacity and done what was asked of me. i started on the midnight shift under con murphy in 1981. the next 30 years i worked throughout the city in every neighborhood most recently installed bayview station and i have to give a shout out to the bayview. i have served this city to the best of my ability and i will continue that commitment. i promise to work every day to instill the sense of pride i feel to every officer and new recruit and i will always lead by example. i will not ask anyone to enter
any duty i have not done or wouldn't do myself. i do not enter into this position lightly. in fact i'm humbled by it. it is a great honor and i will work every day to make the city safe and residents proud of their police department. i can't believe i wrote this and i still can't get through this. it is critical to our success that we have and maintain the public's trust. the character of the officers of the sfpd must be above reproach. training will be a big part of this. someone once said we will not train to get it right. we will train until away can't get it wrong. that will happen. over the course of my career i built tremendous relationships with my fellow officers but more importantly with the wonderful people that are the heart and soul of this city. people who work every day alongside police officers and take ownership of their community. our partners in keeping the city safe. effective policing can only be
done with the community that. is the backbone of community policing, working together. anyone who knows me and has worked with me knows i'm readily accessible and pride myself on my responsiveness. those in the department are being tested but we will rise to the challenge. i will use my experience to inspire the best in every officer and will leave no stone unturned to implement new ideas and technology especially comstat to move into the 21st century. i want to thank my family, my mom, my brother and sister, the other four couldn't make it. my sons matt and nick and my girlfriend wendy. she is not a close friend. she is my girlfriend. your love and support is what drives me to do the best that i can. in closing i would like to take a moment of silence to honor the memory of the brave officers who have given their leaves in the
line of duty. their families are always in my thoughts and prayers every day and their sacrifice will never be forgotten. mr. mayor, once again i thank you for the opportunity and i just can't believe it. >> all right, chief. we begin this new era this afternoon and we have all the assignments in front of us. the budget, obviously and public
safety but i'm going to give the first fun assignment to chief suhr and that he will investigate the whereabouts of my birth certificate. the city family is behind us. i want to introduce again a good friend but one that is heading up the board of supervisors with us and that is president of the board david chiu on behalf of the board of supervisors. >> good morning. today is a glorious day and before i say a few words about the chief i first want to thank directly some folks here who we need to directly thank and that is the men and women who have one of the toughest jobs in the city, the men and women in blue our san francisco police department. thank you.
i am honored to represent the board of supervisors today in congratulating and incredible pick for our new police chief. many of us on the board have known greg for years and we have known him as officer suhr. we have known him as captain suhr. we have known him as commander suhr. and it is wonderful today, greg, to call you chief suhr. in the past couple of months as i have been talking to department heads as well as my colleagues at the board and other elected officials, we have all spoken about why chief suhr would be sufficient a great chief for our department. he is someone who knows our streets. he has walked the walk, walked the beats, who has helped the captain some of the most difficult police stations to manage public safety in the
city. and he is someone who we you will feel confident will be able to bring the san francisco police department through the reforms that the previous chiefs, in whose shoes he is filling have had to bring forth. i know i look forward to working with him on the budget. we also know that the chief is someone who is going to ensure that the san francisco police department continues to be one of the very best police departments in the entire country. congratulations, we look forward to working with you. >> the police chief, as all of you know, is not just about policing. it is being part of a whole justice system. here to acknowledge her support and presence is our presiding
judge, katherine feinstein. thank you for being here, judge feinstein. >> i would like to echo all of the comments that have come before about what a fine police officer greg suhr is. i know that he's going to be the kind of chief that will re stst, will improve, will bring forward good cases, and really improve the integrity of the san francisco police department. but that is not really what i want to say. i, too, am a home grown girl and i have known greg suhr since i
was a baby d.a. in the mid 1980's. i watched him and probably he has watched me as each of our careers have moved ahead with steps forward and steps back and steps forward and steps back. and to see somebody who knows our city so very well, who can lead us in directions that we maybe haven't been led in a very long time, i think, is going to be very special. i think that there were times, greg, that people didn't think that this day would come. and i'm just so incredibly proud to be part of it. so i welcome you on behalf of your justice partners, on behalf of the staff and judges of the san francisco superior court.
we really look forward to working with you in the years to come. >> and the man who caused this opportunity to start happening, our district attorney and former police chief george gas con. >> we met about a year or year and a half ago when greg was getting an award, a well deserved awardcon. >> we met about a year or year and a half ago when greg was getting an award, a well deserved award, and we have a joke because we share a mom. he was upset mrs. suhr and i were having a better time talking than greg and i were. but all the prior speakers said things that i echo but i think i bring another dimension to the table. having come from the outside and having not only worked in two
other police departments but also helped work with many other action around the country to reform themselves, when i came to san francisco i did not have any allegiances. i had no prior knowledge of people. i had the opportunity to take an unbiased, clean slate look if you will at the different players that were available. and myself, having also commanded one of the most difficult stations in the lapd in the watts area i recognized the quality of individuals that we need to have in those stations and how important that is. one of the things i did is looked at greg's background when he was a captain in mission and the work that he did in mission. and one thing that impressed me was how he related and worked with young people. because the reality is for us to be effective in doing what we do we have to bring young people into the pool and we have to be
able to work with young people effectively. i knew that for instance the ymca in the bayview area there were incredible programs and people that were doing incredible things and they needed the support from the police department. so, when the opportunity came up to fill that slot, it was -- the choice for me became very clear very quickly and at the time greg was working at the public utilities commission and i felt he would better serve the city in bayview. and greg and i had a very straight out conversation and i have to tell you that greg not only exceeded all of my expectations, did an incredible job in bayview. he immersed himself in the community while at the same time embracing come -- comsta tfrt an incredible level of humility
and elegance, bringing crime down and working effectively with the community. i can't think of a better choice for this position today than greg suhr. i'm honored to be here and i look forward to working with you to make san francisco the safest large city in america. >> finally but most importantly, the police commission, as i said earlier, did a thorough job. it was a difficult job because it was is the out to be the highest standards possible and to have a community process, a process that reflected an openness, a transparency, yet kept the pledge to the community to find the best and highest standards for selecting a chief and presenting to me that opportunity to do so. so i want to present to you and also thank the police commission
through the leadership of that group. >> thank you very much. today is a great honor to stand here on behalf of my fellow commissioners who i would like to thank. dr. joseph marshal, this commission took this [naming the commissioners] -- 100 days ago this commission announced they would be looking for a new police chief. we worked diligently and had worked with members of the family and i want to thank my assistances who ran the process, talked to the candidates and handled the interviews, transportation and to get us to where we are so i want to thank tanya for her help one of the
unsung heroes. >> this process was thorough, as thorough as can be. we didn't interview the candidates once, we interviewed them twice. the mayor didn't but is the candidates once, he interviewed them twice. there is a joke in my law firm that who is the new partner that has been using conference room number one. i said that is mayor lee. he spent a lot of time there. but this was a thorough process and what we bring to you today is what we started out to bring to you. we told you we would bring a community focus, community policing and engagement, a respect of the rank and file and someone who is an inspirational leader. you saw him with his speech a few minutes ago. community focus, community policing. as this process went on we realized that greg suhr was the definition of community policing. he didn't tell people about what he was doing in the bayview hunters point or mission. and when this process was made,
the selection of greg suhr, it was the soccer players in the mission district that picked him or the kids in the boys and girls club. the rank and file police officers. the police officers on the street, the guys who got their boots on the ground and women who work every day that approached me and other commissioners in the coffee shops and said greg suhr is our chief. we will work for him. alleys true leader. thank them for bringing him. i want to tell you i met greg suhr, i knew of him in high school. i knew you couldn't trust him to hold the ball. he had to block. we shared that. but i was his fastball coach when i finished my college career as a football player and i was asked to coach the san francisco police football team and i had had defensive lineman and linebacker who would go straight through people and did all he can.
i knew at that point this guy was something special. he was younger than him. i want to get that clear but i was his coach and the highlight of that time was we beat the lapd who was undefeated. it was a great victory. all kidding aside, what this police commission has brought to you today is not only a native son who i'm proud of, but we have brought to you a cop's cop. that is why we have such a large crowd today. you have a cop's cop, folks. you have somebody that dedicated to the community and to quote greg, who was educated at the university of san francisco by the jesuits and i don't hold that against him but greg suhr is a man for others and it is an honor to have him as our chief.
>> thank you everybody for being here. i know supervisor elsbernd has joined us. i want to thank all the other departments. there are so many of you. i don't want to get into the whole list but they are part of the official city family we are working with, that greg has been able to work with when he was at the p.u.c. thank you very much. this ends here and we have interviews set up in the mayor's conference office for one-on-one interviews with the new chief. thank you very much for being here.
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>> hello. 9 judge terri l. jackson. the court is now recruiting prospective civil grand jurors. our goal is to develop a pool of candidates that is inclusive of all segments of our city's population. >> the jury conducts investigations and publishes findings and recommendations. these reports them become a key part of the civic dialog on how we can make san francisco a better place to live and work. >> i want to encourage anyone that is on the fence, is considering participating as a grand jury member, to do so. >> so if you are interested in our local city government and would like to work with 18 other enthusiastic citizens committed to improving its operations, i encourage you to consider applying for service on the civil grand jury. >> for more information, visit the civil grand jury website at sfgov.org/courts or call
>> hello. welcome to "meet your district supervisor." we are here with supervisor farrell from district2, which includes the marina, pacific heights, st. cliff, and the neighborhoods surrounding the presidio. supervisor farrell started his first term this january, so he is new to the board. we will get to know him and talk about the toughest issues facing the city.
welcome, supervisor. thank you for joining us. tell us about your background -- where you grew up, went to school, the kind of jobs you have worked. >> i am a born and raised san franciscan, first and foremost. very proud of that. i am also a born and raised district 2 residents. i grew up close to the palace of fine arts. my parents still live in the same set of flats i grew up in. i went to grammar school at stuart hall in district 2. i went to high school in st. ignatius. i'm a very proud wildcat. i went to college at loyola marymount college in los angeles. i had a scholarship to play baseball down there. ended up going to ireland and getting a master's degree at university college dublin. came back to the states and went to law school at the university of pennsylvania. spent three years in philadelphia. came back, and ever since coming back to the bay area,
professionally, i have been a corporate attorney down at palo alto. i left after about three years and became an investment banker here in san francisco at thomas was all partners. working the industry for about five and a half years. in the summer of 2009, joined a venture capital firm. i am happily married. my wife and i lived around laurel village in district 2. we have two small children. our goal is five and our boy is three. how parents and excited to be here on the board. >> why did you choose to live in san francisco? and tell us about what motivated your interest in politics. >> choosing to live in san francisco was natural, given that i was born and raised here. when you are a child, you do not understand what you have until you leave home. i have the fortunate opportunity to live in los angeles and abroad in ireland and in
philadelphia. there is no place like home in san francisco is your home. very natural and something was looking forward to in trying to find a job to come home to after law school. my job afforded me that opportunity, to come back to the bay area. so i'm lucky, and i will be here the rest of my life. in terms of getting into politics, for me, it was two reasons. first, being from here was part of my motivation. really feeling a sense of routes in san francisco, and also raising our children here. as a young family, we went through the discussion and dialogue that many young families go through in san francisco. "should we move to the suburbs? should we move elsewhere? san francisco is expensive to live. the public-school system has been difficult in the past." i think less about the quality of schools because we have great schools and grieg parental involvement, but more about the
assignment process. where would my child go to school? a lot of family leaves, -- a lot of families leave. we stuck around, but it was a turning point decision to say, all right, we are here from -- we're here for good. what can we do to make this place better? getting involved in politics was the fact that the seed was open for election for the first time in a long time. it was previously mayor newsom's seat and supervisor alioto- pier's seat. i did not get into politics because i had a lifelong ambition of being a politician. that is not me. i came from a private sector, and looking at honestly answering the question -- did i have something different to offer that i thought would be valuable to sanford's is go right now? i do think a large part of our problems in the city are financial, economic. with my background, i did think i would be able to add a lot of
value, and that is why i decided to get into politics. >> where do you place yourself on the political spectrum? >> i have to say, i'm one that has been trying to get away from the political spectrum dialogue in san francisco. i would just say, generically, i think i am in the middle. i'm a moderate person. nationally, i think we are a little bit left in san francisco, but i think i am a socially liberal person. that is what i tend to practice what i preach. >> what did you learn campaigning for supervisor, and was there anything that surprised you? >> that is a great question. i have never run for office before. i am new to the political world. for me, the learning curve was the best he could be. there were a lot of lessons